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MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

Humpback Whales Spotted ‘Socialising’ Off West Cork In Dramatic Drone Video
Whale watchers have captured spectacular aerial video of a group of humpback whales spotted “socialising” off West Cork. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s science officer Seán O’Callaghan filmed the remarkable scene last month just days after the first humpback…
Galley Cove in Crookhaven, Co Cork
Ireland is a veritable bounty of beautiful beaches, as TripAdvisor’s latest list of Ireland’s best can attest. But beyond the most highly rated bathing spots around the Irish coast, there exists a number of hidden gems to attract those seeking…
Try Sailing And More At INSS Open Day This Sunday
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is hosting its annual Open Day this Sunday 5 May with opportunities to try sailing, kayaking or paddleboarding for only €10. Children aged 7 and up and their families can get to grips…
A chain of salps beneath the surface of the Red Sea
Microplastic ingested by plankton may greatly impair our oceans’ natural carbon-capturing abilities, according to a new study from NUI Galway. Marine scientists at the university’s Ryan Institute found that microscopic particles of plastic waste in the world’s oceans are interfering…
LÉ George Bernard Shaw berthed at Haulbowline Naval Base in October 2018
Waterford welcomes the Naval Service’s newest offshore patrol vessel LÉ George Bernard Shaw for its official naming and commissioning ceremonies today, Tuesday 30 April. Public viewing of the ceremonies will be from the William Vincent Wallace Plaza in the city…
The River Barrow at Bagenalstown, Co Carlow
Proposals for a new blueway along the River Barrow have been blocked by planners who objected to the scheme for a hard surface along the 115km of towpath. But as The Irish Times reports, many locals and users of the…
Guy O’Leary Is Swimming A Mile A Day In May For Cancer Research
Guy O’Leary is back on his feet after more than a year of cancer treatment — and to prove it he’s challenged himself to swim a mile each day during the month of May. Beginning this Wednesday 1 May, each…
The hotel is located right at Tory Island’s main harbour
A 14-room hotel on one of Ireland’s most remote and picturesque islands is now on the market for less than the asking price of many Dublin homes, as The Irish Times reports. Óstan Thóraigh has been the centre of life…
Status Red Upgrade For Co Clare As Storm Hannah Sweeps In
The weather warning issued by Met Éireann for Co Clare has been upgraded to the most severe Status Red as Storm Hannah is expect to brings gusts of up to 150km/h this evening (Friday 26 April). Meanwhile, the marine warning…
RS Demo Day At INSS In Dun Laoghaire This Sunday
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Irish National Marine Services are hosting a demonstration day for the RS Sailing range at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire this Sunday 28 April. Included in the line-up will be…
New Opening Hours For CH Marine In Cork & Skibbereen
CH Marine Chandlery has announced new opening hours for its outlets in Cork and Skibbereen. From next Monday 29 April, both stores will be open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm. CH…
Sailing at the Laser Europa Cup earlier this month
The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) has announced that effective from yesterday, Thursday 25 April, all new class-approved boats will be sold and raced under the new name ILCA Dinghy. Scuttlebutt Sailing News has more on the move which comes…
Small Craft Warning Ahead of Storm Hannah’s Arrival Tomorrow
Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow small craft warning for Force 6 southerly winds later today and tonight (Thursday 25 April) on coasts from Belfast Lough to Howth Head to Carnsore Point ahead of Storm Hannah’s arrival tomorrow. A…
Red Bull Cliff Divers To Wow Crowds In Dun Laoghaire Next Month
“Unforeseen circumstances” have prompted the move of Dublin’s leg of the 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series from Grand Canal Dock to Dun Laoghaire Harbour. But Dublin city centre’ loss is Dun Laoghaire’s gain — even more so now…
Fingal Mayor Anthony Lavin at Dorans on the Pier to launch this year’s Dublin Bay Prawn Festival from 17-19 May
Howth Yacht Club will be one of the hubs of the new-look Dublin Bay Prawn Festival next month. Formerly held over St Patrick’s Weekend, this year’s festival has moved to 17-19 May and is expanding to better reflect the wealth…
Mia Connolly (centre) with her fellow winning crew on TP52 Zen, sailing out of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
A young Irish sailor is making her mark Down Under after swapping the shores of Skibbereen for the bright lights of Sydney. Self-described “home bird” Mia Connolly had only spent a week outside of Ireland before upping sticks for Australia…
Junior sailing out of the National Yacht Club
The National Yacht Club is currently seeking to recruit a team of committed and enthusiastic assistant instructors for its 2019 summer courses for junior sailors. Prospective candidates must apply before next Monday 22 April. This is a great opportunity to…
The Royal Canal at Kinnegad, Co Westmeath
Shannonside FM reports that veteran inland waterways campaigner Dr Ian Bath has died aged 90. Beginning in the 1970s, Dr Bath led the charge to revive the Royal Canal between Dublin and the River Shannon as a tourism amenity. Through…
A computer rendering of the proposed Páirc na Mara in Connemara
Galway Bay FM reports that An Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission for a development at a Connemara site overseen by Udarás na Gaeltachta. Plans for the Páirc na Mara facility were previously approved by Galway County Council, but continued…
Highs & Lows For Ireland’s Ocean Health In Coastwatch Survey Results
New seagrass beds are among the heartening finds announced at the launch of results from the most recent Coastwatch Survey, as Coast Monkey reports. But the launch event in Dublin last Friday (5 April) also heard that hard erosion controls,…
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